“‘I don’t trust my inner feelings / Inner feelings come and go’… I think that is my favorite line” Leonard Cohen On The Benefit Of Surrender

What’s a special day like in the monastery?

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There are no special days. The whole idea is that nothing and everything is special at the same time. There is only the routine to which you surrender. If you can’t do that, you become very unhappy. Everything is arranged to happen by the sound of bells or clapping. If you feel defiance every time you hear these signals, which mark that you have to do something particular, you become very unhappy after a while. That happens to some people and therefore they leave… You have to surrender in order to stay there. You follow the routine no matter how you feel, and this has the advantage that you stop being dependent on how you feel. As it says in one of the songs: ‘I don’t trust my inner feelings / Inner feelings come and go.’… I think that is my favorite line.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

 

From Leonard Cohen Gave Me 200 Franc by Martin Oestergaard (Euroman, Denmark September 2001).

Note: The referenced lyrics, “I don’t trust my inner feelings / Inner feelings come and go,” are from That Don’t Make It Junk.

Video: Leonard Cohen’s Heartfelt Performance Of That Don’t Make It Junk – Dublin 2009

junkdubI fought against the bottle,
But I had to do it drunk –
Took my diamond to the pawnshop –
But that don’t make it junk.

Leonard Cohen – That Don’t Make It Junk
Dublin: July 20, 2009
Video by irishmar via albertnoonan

Video: Leonard Cohen Performs That Don’t Make It Junk With “Drinking Problem” Intro – Toronto 2008

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I fought against the bottle,
But I had to do it drunk –
Took my diamond to the pawnshop –
But that don’t make it junk.

From That Don’t Make It Junk by Leonard Cohen

The enthusiastic response to a recent posting of “That Don’t Make It Junk,” one of the titles rarely played in the later portions  of the 2008-2013 Leonard Cohen tours, prompted a search for other live renditions. I have found two, a video shot at a 2009 Dublin show, which will be posted later, and this one, which captures a performance of “That Don’t Make It Junk” at the June 5, 2008 Toronto Leonard Cohen concert. While the visual elements lack the clarity of a pro-shot video or an Albert Noonan effort, it is enjoyable to watch and the audio is good. The sequence opens with Leonard Cohen’s commenting on Sharon Robinson’s notion to write a song about his (Cohen’s) drinking problem. Leonard Cohen and Sharon Robinson are, of course, credited as co-writers of “That Don’t Make It Junk.”

Leonard Cohen – That Don’t Make It Junk
Toronto: June 5, 2008
Video by backpackdave2008

Note: Originally posted Jan 28, 2010 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric